Ebola Outbreak Confirmed in Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola Outbreak in Bikoro, Democratic Republic of Congo
The approximate location of the outbreak in Bikoro, DRoC.

Health officials in Democratic Republic of Congo have reported 21 patients showing signs of hemorrhagic fever and 17 deaths in the affected area before an Ebola outbreak was confirmed today.

Ground teams took five samples from suspected active cases and two tested positive for the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus, the ministry said in a statement.

The outbreak is in the northwestern town of Bikoro.

This is the 9th recorded outbreak in the country and comes less than a year after the last outbreak, in which eight people were infected of whom four died.

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo Health Ministry Ebola Statement
The full statement on the Ebola outbreak from the Democratic Republic of the Congo Ministry of Health.

 

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